22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner

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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
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Paris

— 4 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Water Parterres, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planner.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 5 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Chateau de Castelnaud and Gouffre de Padirac. Change things up with these side-trips from Sarlat-la-Caneda: Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier), Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and La Ferme de Vigne Haute (in Reilhac). The adventure continues: make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Commarque, and explore the fascinating underground world of Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda online route planner.

Drive from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:

Carcassonne

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 2nd (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St. Vincent, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere, and finally get to know the resident critters at Le Parc Australien.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planner.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Carcassonne, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Attractions like TakSea and Abel Baliff Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Riviera Nature (in Grasse). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, kick back and relax at Frejus Beach, get outside with Sublim Sky, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Troupes de Marine.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Saint-Raphael takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Carcassonne in August, you will find days in Saint-Raphael are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Nice

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Attractions like Marineland and Colline du Chateau overlook make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Castel Plage, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and wander the streets of Vieille Ville.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nice day trip site.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, expect nights in Nice to be a bit warmer, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:

Chamonix

— 3 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kids will enjoy Parasailing & Paragliding and Aiguille du Midi. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Parc de Merlet, take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, fly down the slopes at Domaine des Planards, and make a trip to Glacier des Bossons.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamonix day trip app.

Drive from Nice to Chamonix in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.